Wismar is so cute, with all of these picture-perfect houses, many of them clearly showing that this town is part of the Hanseatic League. Additionally, original brick Gothic buildings abound in town. UNESCO values all this highly and made the whole old town ensemble a World Heritage Site. Wismar is small -- almost tiny actually, if you stick to what is interesting for tourists (the old town and maybe the impressive dockyards). It is also very beautifully located at an inlet of the Baltic Sea and allows for great daytripping by bike to the surrounding maritime lands. This is one of the quieter and less populated areas of Germany, allowing for peaceful times. Also on this part of the Baltic Sea shore, naked swimming is widely accepted and quite frequently practiced. What is unacceptable though is to go and stare! It's also close enough to other tourist destinations such as Lübeck or Rostock to make for a good base.
The hostel scene here is more than limited. So far, privately run Wismar hostels haven't been opened and due to few backpackers spending the night in town (this is more of a daytrip destination), it will probably stay that way. Luckily there will almost always be a government-run hostel in Germany -- and so it is with Wismar, too. Note though, that while they offer beds to general travelers their main reason for existence is to host school groups, meaning they might be in a classical building but interior wise they will be rather sterile and functional with zero to no atmosphere (but there is food available).
It's easy enough to get to Wismar with decent train connections. In Wismar itself there are some public buses, most of them running only one or two times an hour. But due to its small size, walking is absolutely feasible.
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